Last week, 15-year-old Jasmine Darwin was was recorded being body slammed by a police officer who works at Rolesville High School in Rolesville, North Carolina.1 The video captures Officer Ruben De Los Santos picking Jasmine up over his head and throwing her body to the ground. Jasmine is suffering from a concussion and Officer De Los Santos has been put on paid administrative leave, meaning he still has a job and will come back and continue working with children. That is unacceptable, Officer De Los Santos has to go!
This comes just over a year after the Spring Valley High incident where another young Black girl was body slammed by a school police officer in South Carolina.2 These two situations are disturbingly similar young Black girls are literally being thrown to the ground by adult men who, ironically, are being paid to provide safety in the classroom. These officers must be held accountable in order to set a precedent that Black children deserve to be treated with dignity. Over 100,000 of you signed our petition to get the officer fired in SC and we won. We can make that happen at #RolesvilleHigh with your help.
The Rolesville Police Department’s failure to immediately fire Officer De Los Santos perpetuates the harmful narrative that Black children deserve to be harshly reprimanded by execution of physically violence. The presence of law enforcement in schools and neighborhoods normalizes the criminalization and patrolling of Black children in areas are supposed to be “safe zones”.3
Instead of school staff working with young people to address behavioral issues, police criminalize and abuse them –doing everything but being a resource of safety.
Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Malaya, Enchanta, and the rest of the Color Of Change team
“Disturbing video shows NC police officer slaming high school to teh gorund,” the root, 01.03.2017. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7227?t=7&akid=6692.1174326.Ku1Nr9
“Video Shows Cop Body Slamming High School girl in SC,” nbc, 10.27.2017http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7229?t=9&akid=6692.1174326.Ku1Nr9
“DO cops in schools do more harm than good,” time, 10.29.2015 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7230?t=11&akid=6692.1174326.Ku1Nr9